Ohio State’s QB Decision: A Necessary Conclusion
Ohio State’s decision to name Kyle McCord as the starting quarterback before the Week 4 matchup with Notre Dame was a necessary conclusion to the lingering competition. While some have compared this situation to what Michigan did last year, there are key differences. McCord had previous experience as a backup, while Michigan had two players with plenty of experience. Additionally, Ohio State’s offensive coordinator, Brian Hartline, is in his first year calling plays, which added to the complexity of the situation. Despite some initial struggles, there is confidence that McCord will prove to be the right choice moving forward.
Penn State’s Offensive Line Concerns
Penn State’s victory over Illinois was not as convincing as it could have been, and one of the main concerns lies with the offensive line. The line, which was expected to be a strength this season, has looked ordinary. Stats such as success rate running the ball, yards before contact per rush, and pressure rate allowed indicate that the offensive line is performing above average nationally but below average in the Big Ten. While the defense and quarterback Drew Allar show promise, the offensive line may be the reason for any shortcomings against tough opponents like Ohio State and Michigan.
Michigan State’s Defensive Struggles
Michigan State’s defense had a rough outing against Washington, allowing a record-breaking 713 yards in a single game. The previous record was set in 1995 by Nebraska. The defense’s struggles were evident, especially in the passing game, as Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. threw for 375 yards in the first half alone. This performance raises concerns about the team’s defensive capabilities moving forward.
Keywords: Ohio State, quarterback decision, Michigan, offensive coordinator, Penn State, offensive line, Michigan State, defense, Washington, passing game.
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